Steve and I had a long ramble along the Ice Age Trail yesterday in the golden, muddy afternoon. We got talking about decision making, finances, the next step of our lives. These are tough talks for us. They require concentration, attention, soul-searching, vulnerability, risk…and we love it. Really, we do. Getting past drifting and down to brass tacks really feels good in a relationship. It feels real, genuine. This is not a dreamy romance. This is a shared life. Along the way, I took some photographs, and now looking at them, I like the way they illustrate the terrain of our conversation.
Are you keeping open to the flow of all different variables? Are you aware of the constancy of change? Are you able to employ your intuition and avoid getting hemmed in by dogma? Are you remembering the elemental things, the things that are most important to you? Do you want to move forward or stay where you are right now? Are you willing to wear away at obstacles to get to a new place?
While we were standing at the spring, and I was trying to figure out how to change the settings on my camera to get the rocks into sharp focus and the water into that soft, fuzzy blur I see in other peoples’ photos, I realized that we were deep into an important conversation, and I had better put the camera away! So I did. We kept talking. By the time we were driving home in the car, I was compiling a list of words to remind myself of the things we agreed were important to us in living our lives. Helping, challenging, rehabilitating, keeping open a place for something to grow, nurturing, teaching…and outdoors. When I got home, I decided to see what would happen if I put a combination of those words into the search engine. I came up with something that really sparked my interest. An ecovillage in northeastern Missouri called Dancing Rabbit. So I’m investigating. Stay tuned! (or as Stuart would say, “Watch this space.”)